21 Sep Fashion Forward back with its 8th Action packed Season!
The region’s definitive fashion platform is set to host more designers than ever before and new talent collaborations.
FFWD is set to showcase 31 regional ready-to-wear and couture designers as well as 14 accessory labels at The Showcase. The event, previously held over three days, is extended this season by one additional day in order to cater for the growing number of designers enlisted to show. Additionally, Season 8 will see new talent collaborations making their FFWD debut; a first for FFWD and a strategic step for the fashion platform.
Catch all the happenings of the exciting season ahead below…
6Degree is one of India’s first fashion talent and tech companies that provides opportunities for fashion professionals to showcase their talent by unifying individuals related to the fashion domain. 6Degree has exclusively partnered with FFWD to present three selected Indian designers to showcase their signature collections during Season 8. This is 6Degree’s first foray into the Middle East market.
In addition to the designers showing apparel, for Spring/Summer ’16 FFWD once again presents The Showcase – a carefully curated space for a selection of the best regional jewellery and accessory designers. Showing this season are; Alessa Jewelry, Amal Haliq, Bana Sunglasses, Belquis Bags, Inaaya, Madiso, Myriam SOS, Narinee, Natalie Trad, NS by Noof, Rula Galayini, Sahag, Vanina and Vinita Michael.
Building upon the success of previous seasons and furthering its commitment to facilitate regional and international commercial visibility, FFWD partners with Muriel Piaser Consulting to bring four international buyers representing department and concept stores to attend the shows. Each buyer has been handpicked based on their interest to carry Middle Eastern designers.
Daniela Schulte Bulmke, Account Director at Neiman Marcus for the past 19 years.
CEO and leading expert of the buying office of District 78, Maria Vinokurova brings 10 years of professional experience as fashion consultant, buyer and retail projects launches.
Margreeth Olsthoorn buys high-end fashion brands for woman and men chosen with love and integrity for her store in Rotterdam.
Nadine Naji joined Harvey Nichols Riyadh in 2014 and is now their Ready-To-Wear Buyer.
d3 Fashion Talks
Supporting d3’s objective of nurturing talent through education and knowledge sharing, Season 8’s d3 Fashion Talks will take on a ‘back to basics’ theme aimed to give designers access to invaluable advice from international and regional industry professionals. Taking into consideration the current challenging retail climate, each talk will present essential elements that emerging design entrepreneurs require to empower and grow their businesses; from Sourcing, to Funding and Trend Forecasting, the talks will offer practical information to propel industry development.
In Conversation with Farida Khelfa
Iconic French-Arab Model, Muse, Filmmaker and Ambassador for the House of Schiaparelli will share her inspiring rise through the fashion industry.
WGSN Trend Forecasting
Jane Boddy, Director of Colour and Womenswear for WGSN, the world’s leading trend authority, will share Spring/Summer ’17’s seasonal message as well as preview Autumn/Winter ’17 macro trends.
DDFC Talk: Funding a Fashion Business
Leaders from the world of finance and retail will share their advice on how to develop a business that can attract funding and be commercially viable.
Finding Design Inspiration: Baume & Mercier Design Director Alexandre Peraldi
Alexandre Peraldi, who heads the design studio for the iconic Swiss watchmaker, will be sharing insights on how to innovate, while retaining a sense of heritage and identity.
Hot off the Runway: From Footwear to Fashion
Global retail giants will review this season’s latest trends straight off the runway
Sourcing: From Sampling to Manufacturing – How to Find the Right Partner?
Riccardo Vannetti of Pitti Immagine and Barbara Trebitsch of Domus Academy will take designers through the process of how to work with manufacturing partners.
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